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‘The Rally’ Opens at Louisville’s Expo Center

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July 22, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

Watch today’s Featured Video to see WDRB-TV’s telecast from The Rally.

Louisville, Ky., will be seeing a lot of out-of-town visitors this weekend. Not only is the HullabaLOU Music Festival underway at Churchill Downs, but the recreational vehicle lifestyle will be celebrated nearby at the Kentucky Exposition Center, WDRB-TV, Louisville, reported.

It’s a gathering of RV owners from around the country called The Rally.

Kathy and Michael Galgiani are a long way from their Carson City, Nev., home. But they are the kind of visitors any city would be glad to have. That’s because they spent a couple of hours Wednesday morning picking up litter at McNeely Lake Park in south Louisville.

“We always come in a day early on these rallies to help the community,” says RV owner Kathy Galgiani. “We have about thirty people here and we are just cleaning the grounds.”

Some 2,700 RVs are expected to fill the parking lots of the Expo Center during the weekend. Vendors on Wednesday morning were setting up their exhibits in the South Wing and Hall of the Expo Center.

“As you see, we have these great exhibits of RV’s and RV accessories on display,” says Sue Bray, a spokesperson with The Rally. “We also have about 120 seminars going on, all about the RV lifestyle.”

This is the 11th such gathering of RV owners. It’s the second time they’ve come to Louisville. This year the RV industry is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To mark its centennial, there is a collection of vintage RVs in the parking lot outside the South Wing.

“There are RVs from the 1930s, 1940s,1950s and 1960s, so you can really see the history and evolution of the vehicle,” adds Bray.

Roger and Barbara Pisa from Michigan are traveling in their 1962 restored Shasta RV. “We’ve replaced a lot of rotted wood up front and we’ve replaced the windows,” says Roger Pisa.

“I have a nice working stove, a microwave and a refrigerator, so life is good,” adds Barbara Pisa.

Some 7,000 people are expected to attend the gathering, resulting in an $11 million economic impact to the region.

The Galgianis plan to spend a little time and money around the area. “I think we are going to go downtown and do some things down there,” says Michael Galgiani, “and then after the rally we are going to spend some time in the bourbon area, and then Park City and the cave area and spend about a week there.”

The four-day RV rally begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

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